Assassins: Sondheim's musical about presidential assassins. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 28. $20-$30. Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
"Audium 9": Spatial electronic orchestrations and sound sculptures. Early arrival is advised. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $20. Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space, 1616 Bush (at Franklin), 771-1616.
Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.
Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m. $15-$20. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: A musical about former president Andrew Jackson. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 24. $20-$30. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
The Business: A Comedy Show: Sketch and stand-up comedy. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $5. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
The Collection: A show with a secret plot, by magician Christian Cagigal. Through Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Will Durst's Elect to Laugh: A comedy show chasing down the presidential election from a San Francisco comedian who once ran for mayor. Tuesdays. Through Nov. 6. $15-$35. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 20th St.), 826-5750.
Empower: Master of the Three Rings: In a fusion of music, dance, poetry and drama, a young man searches for his identity. Sat., Oct. 27, 6 p.m. $15-$20. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.
An Evening of Story and Song: Oklahoma! star Shirley Jones performs. Through Oct. 28. $40-$45. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at O'Farrell), 394-1189.
Everyday Monsters: A Twilight Zone Trilogy: Three episodes from classic TV show The Twilight Zone, from dramatist Rod Serling. Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $15. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr.), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
Fierce Love (Remix): Humor and personal narratives exploring the joys and contradictions of black gay life by performance troupe Pomo Afro Homos. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Oct. 28. $25-$37. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
The Fifth Element: Live on Stage: A stage adaptation of the film. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
Fortunate Daughter: A one-dyke show by Thao Nguyen about the difference between coming out and coming home. Saturdays. Through Oct. 27. $20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).
The Grimaldis Are Dead: Theater, improv, and circus in a musical variety show. Through Nov. 3. $75. thegrimaldisaredead.com. Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific (at Polk).
Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers: Live theater celebrating Halloween, slasher flicks, and musicals, with drag performer Raya Light. Through Oct. 31. $20-$25. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060.
The Hundred Flowers Project: A play-within-a-play by Christopher Chen, based on Mao Tse Tung's effect on the political and social world. Through Nov. 17. $10-$35. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081.
An Iliad: A contemporary adaptation of Homer's classic, co-production with La Jolla Playhouse. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 18. $17-$57. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley.
Kinda Boo! Halloween Revue: An all-ages live mashup of original rock and show tunes, comedy, and the unexpected. Fri., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $10. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657.
Kurt Weitzmann: Kurt Weitzmann performs stand-up comedy about historical San Francisco. Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Oct. 28. $20. Our Little Comedy Club Theater, 287 Ellis (at Taylor), 928-4060.
Love in the Time of Zombies: A rom-zom-com with brains. Through Oct. 30, 8 p.m. free-$5. Cafe Royale, 800 Post (at Leavenworth), 441-4099.
Monday Night Marsh: Musicians, actors, performance artists, and others stage works in progress. Mondays. $7. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 20th St.), 826-5750.
The Pelican and The Black Glove: Two experimental plays, part of the Risk Is This festival. Through Oct. 28. $15-$45. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 492-4700.
The Rainmaker: N. Richard Nash's classic play about faith, love, and magic in a time of crippling drought. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $26-$38. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
The Raven: A musical prequel to Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $20-$40. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.
The Scotland Company: By Jake Rosenberg, directed by Kai Morrison: "The truth reveled of what Britain hid beneath the Scottish kilt." Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20-$30. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death: An evening of horror and comedy from Thrillpeddlers. Through Nov. 17. $25-$35. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202.
Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. $23-$29. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St. (at Harrison), 863-6623.
Sophocles' Elektra: New interpretation of the Greek tragedy, featuring Olympia Dukakis as the Chorus Leader and original